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As more and more of us look to make more conscious choices in our lives many are turning to plant-based lifestyles. This means not only reassessing the food we eat but also the personal care and cosmetic products that we use. Many of us are then surprised to learn the truth behind the ingredients in our cosmetics; from ground up animal claw and horns to animal fats, the most important thing when choosing your health and beauty products is to know exactly what’s in them and make an informed choice.
The movement towards vegan makeup and cosmetics is one that has been taking the beauty industry by storm in recent years and is undoubtedly here to stay! But, for all its progress in the natural and organic space the beauty industry can still be pretty shady at times. Animal testing and palm oil are still widespread and knowing if a product is truly vegan and cruelty can be pretty blumming confusing.
Whether you are already a vegan makeup guru or just embarking on your vegan beauty journey, this guide is for you.
Here we’ll cover:
For personal care and cosmetics products to be labelled vegan they must be tested and proven not to contain :
There are many animal ingredients that are commonly found in personal care and cosmetic products that can be either obtained from living animals or come from animal remains. Some animal ingredients, if sourced sustainably and cruelty free can be really beneficial for human health and do not cause harm to animals, but vegan products avoid all of these animal ingredients. For example, shellac is made from the excretions of lac scale insects and collected from the branches the insects live on. Other commonly found animal ingredients found in health and beauty products are:
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Often seen as synonymous, to fully understand vegan cosmetics we think it’s important to understand the difference between the labels cruelty free and vegan as they are not the same. A product can often fall into both these categories but there are fundamental differences between the two.
Let’s start with the differences; the label vegan can be applied to a cosmetics product manufactured completely free of animal ingredients or derivatives of any kind. Alternatively, the label cruelty free shows that the neither the product nor the ingredients used in the product have been tested on animals at any point during the manufacturing process.
A vegan product is animal ingredient free, but not necessarily cruelty free if we look back through its supply chain. A vegan product is free of any animal ingredients but may still have been tested on animals at some point during its’ manufacturing.
Alternatively, a beauty product can be cruelty free but not entirely vegan. Its ingredients have not been tested on animals at any point but it may still contain animal derivatives.
When a cosmetic is referred to as vegan, that can mean that the overall brand is vegan or just that particular product. There are many brands out there who are releasing new vegan ranges but they still sell many non-vegan products. If a brand is fully vegan this will be clearly stated on their website and they will not use animal ingredients, by product or otherwise, in any of their products.
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When it comes to cosmetics packaging it can be seriously confusing. There are many different labels on packaging but actually only a handful are official certifications. These official certifications are monitored by independent third parties and mean that you can confidently choose a truly vegan product.
Currently there are two official, global vegan certifications that you can look for to be 100% sure that a product is vegan.
Created and monitored by an organisation called Vegan Action, this logo verifies a product as being animal ingredient free. Although Vegan Action does not audit all factories, the label also signifies that no animal testing was conducted at any stage during the products production.
Very similar to the Vegan Action label, except that is certified by a hugely respected organisation The Vegan Society, that has been around for over 70 years.
As with the Vegan Action logo, companies certified by The Vegan Society are not audited but awarded the certification based on the integrity of the company and associated products.
There are currently three official logos that verify a beauty product as cruelty free (as not tested on animals at any point). Look for the following logos to be 100% sure that the product you are buying is truly cruelty free.
Held up as the gold standard of cruelty free certifications, the leaping bunny logo is the one to look for if you’re in doubt. It is the most highly respected certification in the industry as companies awarded this logo are monitored by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC is made up of nine different animal protection groups and undertakes regular audits of companies awarded The Leaping Bunny logo to make sure they truly stand up to regulation.
Created and awarded by PETA, this logo is awarded to companies who fill out an assurance form to PETA that promises their company will not conduct, or commission via a third party, any animal testing. Unlike The Leaping Bunny logo this certification relies largely on the integrity of a company. PETA do not undertake audits.
PETA have two logos; one that signifies cruelty free and the second that signifies both cruelty free and vegan.
Created and monitored by non-profit organisation Choose Cruelty Free, this logo is awarded to companies who pay an annual licensing fee to the organisation and have obtained a valid license to use the logo.
To keep things simple download our handy poster of certified vegan and cruelty free logos to use when you’re next looking for new products. Do share it with friends and family who would find it useful too!
And you’re set! For most of us, taking the plunge into vegan makeup and skincare can feel like a completely overwhelming and daunting task but you now have enough knowledge to confidently choose vegan and cruelty free beauty products. We hope you found the guide useful and will use the handy downloadable posters to refer to time and time again.
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